"Hitler's Table Talk" Study Hour: Episode 21

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2014-07-31 15:49

July 31, 2014

Carolyn Yeager and Ray Goodwin read and comment on the January 17-22, 1942 dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down by trusted aide, attorney Heinrich Heim.  Included in this episode:

  • The unexpected winter temperatures in Russia were providential even if difficult;
  • Stories about Hindenberg and Von Papen, plus Hitler's first financial decision after becoming Chancellor;
  • Thoughts on dueling;
  • Discussion of nationalities - Czechs compared to Hungarians, Romanians and Germans;
  • About food - fish, the potato, herbivore vs carnivore, vegetarianism, alcohol and tobacco;
  • The story of Foxl [Fuchsl], his WWI pet dog.

Image: From left: Ernst Schmidt, Max Amman, Adolf Hitler, Foxl in 1915. Enlarge

The edition of Hitler's Table Talk being used was translated by Norman Cameron and R.H. Stevens, published by Enigma Books, New York, and can be found as a pdf here.


exterminate (v.) 
1540s, "drive away," from Latin exterminatus, past participle of exterminare"drive out, expel, drive beyond boundaries," also, in Late Latin "destroy," from phrase ex termine "beyond the boundary," from ex- "out of" (see ex-) +termine, ablative of termen "boundary, limit, end" (see terminus). Meaning "destroy utterly" is from 1640s in English, a sense found in equivalent words in French and in the Vulgate; earlier in this sense wasextermine (mid-15c.). Related: Exterminated; exterminating.


Hi Carolyn,
 I appreciate your work, and especially appreciate your ability/intuition to detect liars. Lately, when I try to listen to your shows, the podcast stops at some point, and I have to start all over again. The software dosen't allow me to skip ahead to where I was. This is also a problem for me because I can't always listen to the show in one stretch and I would like to be able to pick up where I left off. I would also like to be able to download the whole show to listen to on an MP3 player while I'm on the road. I'm not technically savvy on this to help you solve this problem, and I don't expect you to be either. I do hope it is fixed so I can continue to learn from your shows.
Thanks, Larry

You're not the first person to tell me this. The last one discovered that the problem was with his browser - Chrome. When he switched to Firefox, he didn't have the problem. Explorer works fine too.

I told my administrator about it, but I'm not sure he could do anything. Or did. But let me know if that is your problem too.

Downloading the show is the best idea. Are you telling me that the download stops at a certain place, too? The Chrome download work well for me, I just tried it. You have to right click, rather than left click, to download.

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